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Definition 1: that which is below standard or expectations as of ethics or decency - [noun denoting attribute]

Samples where bad or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • take the bad with the good

Synonyms for bad in the sense of this definition

(bad is a kind of ...) an essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone

"the quality of mercy is not strained"

(... is a kind of bad ) the quality or state of lacking merit or value

(... is a kind of bad ) the quality possessed by something that should be avoided

(... is a kind of bad ) something inferior in quality or condition or effect

"for better or for worse" "accused of cheating and lying and worse"

(... is a kind of bad ) that which causes harm or destruction or misfortune

"the evil that men do lives after them; the good is oft interred with their bones"

(... is a kind of bad ) not mentally or physically healthy

"no one can be a poet without a certain unsoundness of mind"

(... is a kind of bad ) the quality of being something that holds you back

(... is a kind of bad ) the quality of being ill-advised

Definition 2: having undesirable or negative qualities - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where bad or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a bad report card
  • his sloppy appearance made a bad impression
  • a bad little boy
  • clothes in bad shape
  • a bad cut
  • bad luck
  • the news was very bad
  • the reviews were bad
  • the pay is bad
  • it was a bad light for reading
  • the movie was a bad choice

(bad is similar to ...) distressing

"ill manners" "of ill repute"

(bad is similar to ...) very bad

"a lousy play" "it's a stinking world"

(bad is similar to ...) severe; punishingly bad

"swingeing taxation" "swingeing damages awarded by the judge"

(bad is similar to ...) not doing a good job

"incompetent at chess"

(bad is similar to ...) poor to middling in quality

"there have been good and mediocre and bad artists"

(bad is similar to ...) badly behaved

"a naughty boy"

(bad is similar to ...) having the quality of something harmful or unpleasant

"ran a negative campaign" "delinquents retarded by their negative outlook on life"

(bad is similar to ...) (used ironically) unexpectedly bad

"a pretty mess" "a pretty kettle of fish"

(bad is similar to ...) returned for lack of funds

"a rubber check" "a no-good check"

(bad is similar to ...) exceedingly bad

"when she was bad she was horrid"

(bad is similar to ...) (informal to emphasize how bad it is) beyond hope of management or reform

"she handed me a hopeless jumble of papers" "he is a hopeless romantic"

(bad is similar to ...) not conducive to good moral development

"the movie is unsuitable for children"

(bad is similar to ...) (spoken slang) unfashionable and boring

(bad is similar to ...) exceptionally bad or displeasing

"atrocious taste" "abominable workmanship" "an awful voice" "dreadful manners" "a painful performance" "terrible handwriting" "an unspeakable odor came sweeping into the room"

(bad is similar to ...) (of wine) tainted in flavor by a cork containing excess tannin

"a corked port"

(bad is similar to ...) bad; unfortunate

"my finances were in a deplorable state" "a lamentable decision" "her clothes were in sad shape" "a sorry state of affairs"

(bad is similar to ...) extremely distressing

"fearful slum conditions" "a frightful mistake"

(bad is similar to ...) unfortunate or hard to bear

"had hard luck" "a tough break"

(bad is similar to ...) very bad in degree or extent

"a severe worldwide depression" "the house suffered severe damage"

(means also ...) morally bad or wrong

"evil purposes" "an evil influence" "evil deeds"

(means also ...) not obeying or complying with commands of those in authority

"disobedient children"

(means also ...) not encouraging or approving or pleasing

"unfavorable conditions" "an unfavorable comparison" "unfavorable comments" "unfavorable impression"

(means also ...) (comparative of `bad') inferior to another in quality or condition or desirability

"this road is worse than the first one we took" "the road is in worse shape than it was" "she was accused of worse things than cheating and lying"

(means also ...) (superlative of `bad') most wanting in quality or value or condition

"the worst player on the team" "the worst weather of the year"

(... are attributes of bad) an essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone

"the quality of mercy is not strained"

Definition 3: feeling or expressing regret or sorrow or a sense of loss over something done or undone - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where bad or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • felt regretful over his vanished youth
  • regretful over mistakes she had made
  • he felt bad about breaking the vase

Synonyms for bad in the sense of this definition

(means also ...) feeling or expressing remorse for misdeeds

Definition 4: very much; strongly - [adverb denoting all]

Samples where bad or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • I wanted it badly enough to work hard for it
  • the cables had sagged badly
  • they were badly in need of help
  • he wants a bicycle so bad he can taste it

Synonyms for bad in the sense of this definition

Definition 5: with great intensity (`bad' is a nonstandard variant for `badly') - [adverb denoting all]

Samples where bad or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the injury hurt badly
  • the buildings were badly shaken
  • it hurts bad
  • we need water bad

Synonyms for bad in the sense of this definition

Definition 6: reproduced fraudulently - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where bad or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • like a bad penny...
  • a forged twenty dollar bill

Synonyms for bad in the sense of this definition

(bad is similar to ...) not genuine; imitating something superior

"counterfeit emotion" "counterfeit money" "counterfeit works of art" "a counterfeit prince"

Definition 7: characterized by wickedness or immorality - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where bad or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • led a very bad life

(bad is similar to ...) morally bad or wrong

"evil purposes" "an evil influence" "evil deeds"

Definition 8: capable of harming - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where bad or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • bad air
  • smoking is bad for you

(bad is similar to ...) causing or capable of causing harm

"too much sun is harmful to the skin" "harmful effects of smoking"

Definition 9: below average in quality or performance - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where bad or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a bad chess player
  • a bad recital

(bad is similar to ...) of low or inferior quality

Definition 10: very intense - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where bad or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a bad headache
  • in a big rage
  • had a big (or bad) shock
  • a bad earthquake
  • a bad storm

Synonyms for bad in the sense of this definition

(bad is similar to ...) possessing or displaying a distinctive feature to a heightened degree

"intense heat" "intense anxiety" "intense desire" "intense emotion" "the skunk's intense acrid odor" "intense pain" "enemy fire was intense"

Definition 11: not capable of being collected - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where bad or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a bad (or uncollectible) debt

Synonyms for bad in the sense of this definition

(bad is similar to ...) having no cogency or legal force

"invalid reasoning" "an invalid driver's license"

Definition 12: not working properly - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where bad or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a bad telephone connection
  • a defective appliance

Synonyms for bad in the sense of this definition

(bad is similar to ...) not performing or able to perform its regular function

"a malfunctioning valve"

Definition 13: nonstandard - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where bad or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • so-called bad grammar

(bad is similar to ...) not conforming to the language usage of a prestige group within a community

"a nonstandard dialect is one used by uneducated speakers or socially disfavored groups" "the common core of nonstandard words and phrases in folk speech"

(bad belongs to category ...) the scientific study of language

(bad is used in the usage domain ...) a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech

Definition 14: (of foodstuffs) not in an edible or usable condition - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where bad or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • bad meat
  • a refrigerator full of spoilt food

Synonyms for bad in the sense of this definition

(bad is similar to ...) lacking freshness, palatability, or showing deterioration from age

"stale bread" "the beer was stale"

Definition 15: feeling physical discomfort or pain (`tough' is occasionally used colloquially for `bad') - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where bad or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • my throat feels bad
  • she felt bad all over
  • he was feeling tough after a restless night

Synonyms for bad in the sense of this definition

(bad is similar to ...) providing or experiencing physical discomfort

"an uncomfortable chair" "an uncomfortable day in the hot sun"

(bad is used in the usage domain ...) a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech

Definition 16: physically unsound or diseased - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where bad or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • has a bad back
  • a bad heart
  • bad teeth
  • an unsound limb
  • unsound teeth

Synonyms for bad in the sense of this definition

(bad is similar to ...) not in or exhibiting good health in body or mind

"unhealthy ulcers"

Definition 17: not financially safe or secure - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where bad or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a bad investment
  • high risk investments
  • anything that promises to pay too much can't help being risky
  • speculative business enterprises

Synonyms for bad in the sense of this definition

(bad is similar to ...) not sound financially

"unsound banking practices"

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